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(Somebody needs to break the news to Chael that they dissolved the WEC while he was away.)
The beleaguered UFC middleweight posted the message above early Wednesday morning.
Expect a big announcement soon by the UFC on where and when Sonnen will be fighting next, which is somewhat ironic considering Nate Marquardt was let go under similar circumstances. Sure, Nate killed the main event because of his indiscretions, but had Chael beaten Anderson, the result of the bout would have been changed to a no-contest and the belt would have been returned to “The Spider,” in which case he may well have suffered the wrath of UFC president Dana White’s itchy Twitter trigger finger much like Marquardt did. Lucky for Chael, he dodged that bullet via lack of triangle defense.
Apparently testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is covered by the majority of athletic commissions’ therapeutic use exemption policies, which means that as long as he remains within the acceptable level range, Sonnen should have no problem fighting for any commission, except maybe two.
The California State Athletic Commission has made it clear that they are not impressed with how he handled his case — namely how he falsely stated during his hearing that he was told by Nevada State Athletic Commission director Keith Kizer that he shouldn’t have to ever mention his TRT in pre-fight screening forms again because NSAC had record of his condition. Kizer later refuted the statement, claiming to have never spoken to Sonnen, let alone about his hypogonadism (which would have been an awkward convo to walk in on). As a result of his lying under oath and based on his recent money laundering charges, CSAC extended Sonnen’s suspension to the maximum term, which was a step up from it’s original “indefinite” one.
It looks like Kizer’s commission may not just rubber-stamp Sonnen’s license application either.
During an interview he did with TapouT’s Mike Straka yesterday, he explained that anyone ever caught for performance enhancing drug use would never be given a TUE in Nevada.
(Video courtesy of YouTube/TapouT)
Whether or not Sonnen’s undisclosed T use is in fact classified as PED use is a matter of perception, but considering the fact that he put words into Kizer’s mouth that he never said, there’s a good chance they are going to look long and hard at that one clause when considering his application.
There’s always Brazil, that is if he doesn’t mind dodging errant bottles and being whipped by Banana tree branches on his way to the Octagon.